Temple Thefts: Man Held
By Express News Service | Published: 01st February 2014 10:38 AM |
An accused in several temple thefts landed in the custody of Karamana Police on Friday. The arrested, Biju George of Bincy Bhavan, Kottamkara, used to steal money after breaking open the offering boxes at temples, the police said.
Biju was caught by a patrolling team while he was breaking the offering box of a temple at Sree Nagar, Kaimanam. He had been released on bail in a theft case just two days ago, police said.
According to the police, Biju is accused in several thefts in Thiruvananthapuram and Kollam. They include the thefts at Chekottukonam, Mangadi and Murugankavu temples in Kollam, Madankavu at Kilikolloor and a Christian church at Balaramapuram.
The police team that carried out the arrest included Fort Assistant Commissioner K S Suresh Kumar, Thampanoor Circle Inspector V Santhosh Kumar and Karamana sub-inspector C Mohanan.
Baiju alias Cheppili Baiju, the accused in the murder of a bedridden goonda at Mangalapuram, surrendered before the Attingal court on Friday. Baiju is alleged to poured kerosene and set the goonda Sunil ablaze at the latter’s residence on Thursday. Baiju is reported to have told the court that he set ablaze Sunil after the latter hit him with a stick.
A woman who had been injured in a bike accident at Mulammmoodu in Poovachal died at a private hospital in the city on Friday. The deceased was Rafeeqa, 45, who was injured while travelling on a motor bike that her son-in-law was riding on Tuesday. The accident occurred after the bike hit a stray dog, the Kattakkada Police said.
CB to Probe
The Economic Offences Wing of the Crime Branch will take over the Rural Welfare Development Society investment scam case. The police had arrested three office-bearers of the society from Kaliyikkavila the other day.
The arrested, society chief administrative officer S S Satheesh, 38, his wife and society secretary Ganga Rani and Satheesh’s brother and society president S S Suresh, 39, were produced before the court and remanded. A five-member police team is searching for the two other accused in Tamil Nadu.
The police have received complaints from around 400 persons who have invested a total of around Rs 7 crore in the society.
The police said 370 of the complainants were employed as staff in the society after collecting deposit amounts ranging between thousands to Rs 3 lakh. Though they were assured of interest on the deposits, the payment was defaulted for many months. Several other persons who deposited money with the organisation have also lodged complaints.